Dear Bacon-Nation:

We have 23 contestants competing for 5 finalist slots in the Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats Baconfest Chicago 2011 AMATEUR COOK-OFF.

Their recipes are below, some more elaborate than others, many with photo documentation.  We at Baconfest Chicago would love some input.  Please give us some feedback in the comments field below as to your favorites AND scroll all the way to THE VERY BOTTOM of this page to vote.

By next Friday March 4th, the Baconfest Chicago Triumvirate, informed by but not mandated by popular feedback, will choose the 5 finalists (or as we call them, “the Final 5 Bacon Cylons” for you BSG fans out there) each to receive two free tickets to Baconfest Chicago 2011.

We look forward to your thoughts. (And not to imply that those without photos are absent merit, but some of the photos below are truly Food-porn-tastic!)

Thanks Nation.

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Thank you to everyone who voted!  Voting is now closed!
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1. Maya Adler – Pineapple Candied Bacon Macaroons with Coconut Cream Chocolate Ganache (w/Pic)

2. Cecily Albertelli – Bacon-apple Cider Cupcakes

3. Rebecca Beach – Grandma’s Bacon Breasts (with Pic)

4. Jennifer Berman – Spicy Bacon and Tomato Soup

5. Anjali Bidani – Bacon Peanut Brittle (with Pic)

6. Nick Chipman – Bacon Mac and Cheese Pie (with pics)

7. Bridget Fallen – Spanacon Bacognocchi, (Bacon Gnocchi with Spanish Romesco Sauce)

8. Ashlee Gabrysch – The Bacon Breakfast Taco (with Pics)

9. Nilay Gandhi – Bacon Almond Ganache Terrine Explosion

10. Lauren Hairrell
 – Badass Double Bacon Burger Black Bean Chili with Bacon Buttermilk Corn Bread (with Pic)

11. Tyler Hall – Lavender Vanilla Caramel Candied Bacon Cheesecake (with Pic)

12. Mike Lintal – “Master Bacon”: A Bacon and Pepper Jack Soft Pretzel Stick, with a Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip (w/ Pic)

13. Scott Nealon – Bacon-Weaved Bacon Log (with Pics)

14. Mike Nowak – Bacon pretzel-wich

15. Rebekah Persaud – Toasted bacon Ravioli (with Pic)

16. Meg Rickman – Bacon Bacon Burger, with Cheese

17. Irene Rivera – Date and Bacon Jam Thumbprint Cookies (with Pic)

18. Joe Ruesewald – Bacon Schnitzel (with NEW Pics as of 3/1/11)

19. Tara Schnaible – Maple Bacon Cream Pie (with Pic)

20. Elizabeth Schuler – Bacon Country Meatloaf (with Pic)

21. Monica Sehgal Sharma – Tandoori Bacon Nachos (with Pic)

22. Anne Shepherd & Susan Kang – Chocolate-covered Bacon (with Pic)

23. Michi Trota – Flourless Bacon & Spiced Chocolate Torte (with Pic)

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VOTING IS NOW CLOSED!  Thank you to everyone who voted!!

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